Stobswood Welfare claimed a vital victory to move into third position in division two of the Tyneside Amateur League and keep themselves firmly in the promotion race.
They won 3-2 at Gosforth Bohemian A, with two goals from Aaron Carruthers and one from John Spears. John Paul Bradley and Graeme Hall netted for Bohs, who drop to fourth and cannot now finish higher than third.
Meanwhile, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Reserves rounded off their season with a 7-2 win at champions Hazlerigg Victory. A hat-trick from Ryan Latimer, a brace from Nick Bryant and goals from Simon Heath and Craig Lowdon saw them home, with Richard Coulson and Anthony Young on target for Hazlerigg.
That leaves Ryton, Stobswood and Newcastle East End now engaged in a three-way scrap for second place. Newcastle East End have four games still to play and are seven points behind Ryton, with both of Stobswood’s (four points adrift of Ryton) remaining games being against East End.
In division one, West Jesmond moved up to fourth and above Wardley, who they beat 2-1 with goals from Ali Semmence and Gary Wilkinson, with Lee Thompson scoring for Wardley. In the other game goals from Pete Hall and Mark Freath saw Gosforth Bohemian Reserves and Heaton Rifles end their season with a 1-1 draw.
There are two key games next weekend. Lindisfarne Custom Planet face Newcastle East End in the semi final of the Neville Cowey Cup, and they could be celebrating a double success, for if Walker Central Reserves fail to beat West Jesmond by six clear goals, the division one title will also belong to Lindisfarne.